INSTA360 ONE X: Best 360 Camera Right Now?

INSTA360 ONE X: Best 360 Camera Right Now?


It’s here! I’m here in Berlin today and look what I’ve got:
it’s the Insta360 ONE X the brand-new 360 camera
that has just been released. Hey, this isn’t an official review, it’s
more of a first impressions. Part two will be coming within the next few weeks,
once I’ve had more time to play with it and get more of a feel, but for now I can
tell you all the key features what they do and I’m gonna go out
and shoot with it right now. To see part two of this video,
make sure you hit that subscribe button and it will be showing up in your
news feed very, very soon. The design is so much better. This is quite a slim 360 camera and it seems to be made of
a tough plastic material. It feels like you could knock it around
and it wouldn’t damage it too badly. We have two buttons on the front. We have an LCD screen this time,
which is very rare for 360 cameras. Look what it is… It’s a battery compartment. We have a micro USB port on the side a microphone on the top on the bottom is a 1/4 inch
tripod thread and it’s not plastic this time,
feels like some kind of metal material. I think they learned their
lesson from last time. Look even closer and
there is the microSD slot. This is going to be one of the
best cards you can get for the ONE X because of the almighty V30. This is a 5.7K camera so you
will need a card that is this fast. As someone that has used a lot
of 360 cameras in their time to me it feels like the Insta360
ONE X has improved upon a lot of the issues we’ve had in the past
and I’ve got to say this starts with the design. This design is so, so good and I can’t believe that
I’m saying that from Insta360 because in the past I have really not liked the
design of their cameras but this one I can barely fault.
It’s slim, it’s light, it’s easy to use and it has an LCD screen, yay!
To begin with, let’s talk memory. At the moment, the ONE X
can use up to a 128GB card which at 5.7K will last about
two and a bit hours. They’re advertising the battery as
lasting about one hour at 5.7K and that’s a pretty average
for a 360 camera they all last about an hour
when shooting at max resolution so the ONE X is giving us
more of the same thing. The good thing about this though is you can get
replaceable batteries, so you could shoot all day long basically and
just replace the battery so good feature with the
replaceable batteries. The photo resolution of the ONE X
is 18 megapixels down from 24. No! You’re probably thinking: “this does seem like a really strange move,
right, to go down in resolution?” However, I’ve talked to the Insta360 team
and they explained to me that they’re now using bigger pixels that look
more or less as sharp as it did before. I know this seems like a downgrade,
but after looking at some of the photos to be honest, it looks exactly
the same as the 24 megapixels. It seems like they have made a few
improvements in terms of photo quality. The camera does have a HDR mode,
you can shoot RAW with the ONE X. Something I’ve always noticed
with Insta360 cameras is the colours are always a little bit lighter
than you see them in real life and the contrast isn’t as strong. This does make the images look
a little bit washed out so you will probably have to colour correct your photos. After watching back
some of the 5.7K video I’m really impressed with
how sharp it looks. No question it blows all the
4K cameras out of the water and it’s definitely the best 5.7K camera
under $500 right now. As much as I say resolution isn’t that
important, with video, it kind of is especially when people are
watching it back as a 360 video 5.7K means it looks more
like HD when looking around. 4K 360 video has left
a lot to be desired. Whenever you’re watching back in 360 and you look around,
it looks more like 720p or less. With 5.7K from any camera it looks more like HD, and I can truly say
that the ONE X does look like HD. I think it’s really cool that Insta360 are making
5.7K accessible to consumers because over the last year or two,
it’s been something only for the pros. I think it’s going to bring 5.7K into 2019
as the standard for 360 video. The next feature to mention is bullet time. You could do this with ONE before
and now you can do it with the ONE X and I gave it a go and
I’ve got some good results. Because it now shoots a full 360
at 100 frames a second you have more ability to reframe and choose exactly what you’re seeing
with the bullet time movement. Do I think bullet time is cool? No, I still think it’s really gimmicky
and I’m probably never going to use it. However, I would say this is
the best slow-motion I’ve seen from a point-and-shoot
360 camera yet. No question, Insta360 have awesome
6-axis stabilisation with their cameras. You can shake it around,
you can do whatever you want with it and the horizon is gonna be basically dead smooth. Going back to the design real quick,
while I really love it in basically every way now that the lenses are protruding
a lot more than their previous camera it is causing the red dot of doom that we know from the Theta cameras and haven’t really noticed it as a big issue
but I have started noticing lens flare. So that’s something you get when
you have big lenses that stick out the sun is going to hit them
and cause those red dots. Due to the thinner design,
the stitching is really good with the ONE X. I haven’t noticed any issues yet sometimes when you preview it,
it can look pretty shocking but with stitching optimisation
on both mobile and desktop it fixes basically all stitching issues. I mean get too close to any 360 camera and there’s going to be stitching issues but I found staying about a foot away,
there’s been no issue whatsoever. This is the best Insta360 camera
I’ve seen so far in low light. It actually does a really decent job
for both photo and video. Yeah you do get a bit of grain but it’s significantly improved. For videos, it’s actually usable in the past it hasn’t been –
it’s just been so blurry and grainy but now you can use it even with
really basic ambient light at night time. And because the camera has
manual controls, with photos you can adjust your shutter speed and capture
basically anything, no matter how dark it is. I will do some more in-depth tests at night time
but for now I give it a pass. Next let’s talk about compatibility and the ONE X is compatible with
both iPhone and Android this time. Yeah! Again, I feel like this is Insta360
realising all the times they’ve messed up all the bad features of their previous cameras
and they’re fixing them. That was probably one of the biggest
complaints of the ONE is it’s just not really compatible with Android
and so many people are on Android. The next cool thing they’ve added is you can choose whether you want
to download your footage via Wi-Fi or via cable. I know it sounds totally lame downloading
with a cable but it’s so much faster. And talking about Wi-Fi downloads,
the ONE X downloads super fast. I was genuinely surprised at
how fast it can download 5.7K video and photos as well. This is how long it takes
to download a photo. Yeah, that’s fast, isn’t it? It actually kind of does make
a 5.7k workflow work on mobile. Most phones, if not all phones,
can’t handle 5.7K video yet so you’re stuck using OverCapture which is all I use basically anyway but if you want 5.7K 360 video,
you will have to go to your computer. As usual, Insta360 have
the best app for a 360 camera it’s so intuitive and easy to use
and you can do so much. There’s only a few things really that you
would need to go to your computer for that’s 5.7 K video if you want to use features like RAW
and bring your photos into photoshop otherwise you can do basically
everything in the app. The reframing is super easy –
you just tap your finger and it will quickly and easily reframe 5.7K video
into a flat 16 by 9 OverCapture video. Another exciting feature they’ve added
is multi-clip editing. We’ve always been stuck with editing just one clip
at a time, you can’t make a 360 movie. Now you can combine several clips into the same video and export them all at once. The next cool feature they’ve added
is called TimeShift and it essentially allows you to change your frame rate
throughout one single clip so if you want to start at
30 frames a second you can do that for the
first third of your clip then you can switch to 50 then you can switch to 100. So you can essentially
change the frame rate if something exciting happens
and you want it in slow-motion you don’t have to have the whole
clip at 100 frames a second. The ONE X is $399, making it not quite a consumer camera,
not quite a professional camera. Would I call it a prosumer camera? I guess I would for video because it’s 5.7K so few cameras have that and high resolution is really
important for 360 video. And if this is something
that’s important to you this is reason enough to buy the ONE X
without necessarily having to invest all the money into
buying something like the Fusion. This is also one of the best
options for those people that like sticking to mobile
and not going to computer. Personally I love the mobile workflow,
so this is a massive value add for me and I really could see you doing everything
on mobile without having to go to computer. So how would I describe the ONE X? It’s a prosumer camera for consumers. This is a camera that beginners could use if they want to get a really
professional result straight away. Would I call this the best
360 camera of 2018? It’s hard to say at this point. There haven’t been a whole lot
of 360 camera releases this year. For me this easily stands out as
one of the best, if not the best. Would you buy this camera? Yeah, if you consider the features
I’ve talked about a significant upgrade to the camera
that you have now you should. If you’re still uncertain,
wait for my second video and I’ll cover all the things I didn’t talk about
in this video, in more depth once I’ve had more hands-on experience and
once we’ve seen a few firmware updates. If you have any questions about the ONE X,
leave them in the comments below and I’d be curious to know: are you considering the ONE X or are you waiting for something else? Let me know down there. Be sure to check out the Insta360
community Facebook as well if you want to see sample footage and
interact with the Insta360 community. There’s heaps of cool posts there. If you want to see what people are doing,
that’s the place to be. So that’s it from me it’s time to shoot me some 360. See you in the next video

100 thoughts on “INSTA360 ONE X: Best 360 Camera Right Now?”

  1. Was really hoping they'd add Microphone AUX port option on this one or even the ability to record with another source within the app.
    My use case is live streaming 360 footage and the inbuilt mic has no protection from wind so is essentially useless outdoors.

  2. Save more money for this one or Xiaomi Mi Sphere? Want to start journey on 360 world. And maybe will use it only as personal use or social media, mainly photo / tiny world.

  3. any chance you can confirm if there is a setting in manual mode to change the shutter speed? if so what is the range …

  4. Hey, nice video man! I'm planning on introducing 360 vídeo in my company as a plus.. I know we can't get close to mirrorless cameras image quality with 360 so far, but it's really good to find a channel that probbably will let me know when something near that acceptable quality at accessible price tag, comes out.
    Anyway, I'm now looking foward to check how this insta360 one x compares to the Fusion!
    Thanks for the content!

  5. I only bought the insta 360 one two months ago, really gutted that this has now come out. Is it worth an upgrade? I am (was?) happy with my choice, but seeing the quality of this makes me wonder on the upgrade.

  6. Would you by this or the hero 7 black. In terms of image stabilization. What are some things to think about when buy a new camera for professional use. I'm a small business owner (sole owner and employee) but i want to give my clients super great photos and video footage (4k quality playback) what camera should i get. And still be able to edit on my phone

  7. Hi Ben,
    Will you compare insta360 one X to Mi sphere?
    I stopped my wife to buy Mi for my birthday gift after the X was introduced. Hopefully, you will compare them soon.

  8. Hey Ben, I need to be able to power this cam with a power block while livestreaming. Is this possible? I livestream long meetings.

  9. I bought the Xiao Mi Mad V !!!!! Yeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!! That was how much i could afford now… I hope i won´t regret.

  10. I am in the market for a 360 cam. For overcapture video purposes mostly, likely some playing with little-plane. Will be my first 360, apart from panos from DJI Spark. The Insta360 software looks great and easy to use, and it looks like DaVinci will not do it without a commercial plugin. So I am looking for good quality and low price (with the software needed).

    In an RC plane, it might get hurt, so I am considering a cheap Samsung there – is this a viable option ? How about the Xiaomi (I know them, has multiple products from when I want quality from China) ? Supposedly close to same hardware specs. So bringing it down to software.

    Or is there really nothing small and cheaper on the side of the One X ? If not I will hold out until Black Friday.

  11. Thanks, your videos have been great. I’m thinking of upgrading from Insta360 one. Does the mobile workflow mean a compromise on quality compared to desktop?

  12. Do the lens scratch easily if placed on a desk? The old one did.

    Can the unit charge the battery? With the first one I could lads an external lead and record for as big as the memory card

  13. Great video – many thanks! How about charging the battery: Can you use the Apple 5W USB Power Adapter (for the iPhone) for that?

  14. Now does that bullet time work in full 360? Most every video demonstration of this camera has kept it in a regular cinematic form, but I was wondering how it looks in a full 360 experience.

  15. Trying to do research to see which one to buy for the company I work for! So many great options, it's hard to narrow it down! So, a few minutes ago I was pretty sold on the Xiaomi, but now will look into the ONE!

  16. I have the Insta360 One…is it worth the upgrade yet?? Deciding whether to get this or the DJI Spark..about the same price point

  17. I wish Insta360 would offer some kind of Qoocam competitor. But then they are Insta "360" so I guess I can't fault them.

  18. Better check what cell phone you have before you buy this camera this camera only works with flagship phones and only a couple of them look at the website

  19. Nuts! You and Mic have sold me on this one. I already love my ONE and was thinking of getting a second one just because of the battery issue (non- removable). I wonder if they have or will have a waterproof case for the X. Great review Ben.

  20. Great review, definitely considering getting this camera since my old Samsung 360 recently died. Can't quite understand why Ben hates bullet time so much.

  21. Ben, I really appreciate your camera reviews. I began with your videos comparing 7 or 8 cameras at once and started following which ones were your favorite. I was enamored with the Rylo at first but it is very clear from your reviews that the Insta360 One has thoroughly surpassed the Rylo. I don't own a 360 camera, yet. And my editing skills are pretty amateur. But, my family will be taking a trip to Disney World in the next year or two and I've already begun planning the video documentation. At this point it will definitely involve the Insta360 One X! So it's a planned expense. I can't justify the price of the Fusion even though it appears to do better in low light conditions. But… my real plan for the I3601X is adventure motorcycling! I have been riding next to cliffs or steep drop-offs with incredible views. I'm sure the 360 cameras are on the verge of TAKING OVER the motorcycle video arena! Ben, have you considered a motorcycle?

  22. I was just bought about to buy a Samsung S7 because insta360 website says it works with their camera then I noticed S7 is only running 4.4 Android insta360 s website says I need at least Android 5 also the processor doesn't appear to be compatible I don't want to spend 200 or more dollars on something that's not going to work what phone do you use I have an Android Note 4 which I love it is running Android 5 but I guess the processor isn't fast enough it has over take two gigs of RAM which should work but I guess the processor is not fast enough

  23. I did buy one of these cameras off of your link it's freaking amazing what it can do it's like you're being followed by a quadcopter

  24. Hey Ben! I just took this out for my first day. I tried to just drag and drop into Premiere but got "file not supported". Do I have to go to the Insta360 studio and convert them first?? HELP!!! (format out of camera is .insv)

  25. OMG.. I imitated those Pop sounds with mouth while watching, and it sounded exactly the same! I was like.. what?? How? 😨
    Well…it must be a good sign 😬 , I just ordered mine.
    Hope they do some further improvements through App and Firmware updates itself.

  26. I've been waiting a month and still haven't received camera I didn't know when I bought it from the instant website that they were back ordered

  27. I watched your video and bought Insta 360 one x.This is a really great camera and the app is great.I like it very much. But I was worried that I might fall when I used selfie stick.So I put in a hand strap for Dslr and it's very stable.What do you think of this?

  28. 12/13/18 — I've had my Insta360 One X for about two weeks, but have hardly used it pending the two day ago purchase of a new Ipad 2018. I don't have a smartphone so I first tried buying a Samsung tablet. While I loved the android based tablet, it did not have a strong enough processor, and I had to return it to the store. So now I have the Ipad, and it works with the Insta software. But I am a "Windows Person" and have been for more than 30 years. And the Window's software is still in BETA, and I edit with PowerDirector's 360 program. I will get this figured out one way or another, and hope to start adding 360's to my YouTube Channel one day or another. 😕😕

  29. Hi, great review (as always!). Do you know if the INSTA360 ONE X works with the Samsung Note 9? apparently it works with Samsung S9 and Note 8. Has anyone tried the ONE X with a Note 9?

  30. Why im here looking at One x when i already got 360 Pro 2 lol… Personally i think this is a good camera if you're somewhat intermediate user of 360 camera go for it.

  31. how do you multi clip edit and export to make a movie?? Been trying everything and can't figure it out. Great vid though.

  32. You're review and those of some others helped my choose the Insta 360 One X. While my initial 360 work is not as venturesome as most I've seen, I am claiming the first Royal Coronation recorded and posted to FB and YT in 360 as mine. And it happened here in the U.S. Europe eat your heart out. 🤣🤣

  33. Hi. I've tried three phones and not one of them will work with my Insta360 one X so what phone is a good one please?

  34. I was already sold on the image quality of the Yi360, which is a lot less expensive now, but:
    1. The Yi is at the end of it’s lifetime, no developments or updates any more.
    2. Users report a lot of issues on the Yi360 users FB page
    3. This one recently came out, it still young (firmware updates etc).
    4. The price has come down itmt (yes, time flies) I can get it now in NL for € 345
    One Q tho; works the ‘invisible’ selfie stick only for a genuine one (€ 45!), or also for generic ones?

  35. So, if I wanted to mount this at the bottom of a drone, I would have to do it with the camera upside down. My goal would be to have a livestream feed coming from the drone in 5.7K so that people on the ground can see what the drone sees live.
    So my question is, if I mounted it upside down under the drone, can it electronically right itself, then send a 5.7K feed live to the ground?
    Do you know?

  36. Ben, tell us how you make money by doing these kind of stuffs and making 360 videos. Btw your tutorials are pretty good.

  37. I have a question: I this is uploaded to youtube or something, can it be played as a VR experience. I've been trying to figure out how to use my 360 footage as a VR experience

  38. Hello, I already have the camera insta360 one x, I'm actually traveling and is in the house waiting. I have a micro sd samsung evo 64 GB card according to the specifications read at 100 mb / sec and write at 90 mb / sec, but I saw sandisk extreme that is recommended by the manufacturer that reads 160 mb / sec and write at 60 mb / sec. Do i keep the Samsung or do I have to buy the SanDisk? regards

  39. Ben, just got my winter batteries from Insta360 and I just sent the following email to that company. Comments welcome.
    —————
    I just got in my cold weather batteries. Before I could charge them, my wife looked at the cardboard box and noticed the fire symbol implying they are dangerous. So, she looked up “lithium polymer batteries” online and found the following web site: https://thedronegirl.com/2015/02/07/lipo-battery/

    Apparently, they can be dangerous if not managed correctly. I am not concerned but my wife is. That web site says best to use a special LiPo bag for storage. Also, strangely, it says they’re not good for cold weather. I think they mean very cold. I understand that all batteries are not good in very cold weather- especially for a video camera which is very demanding. I wouldn’t expect it to work in extremely cold weather.

    So, I am going to try to buy a LiPo bag. If I can’t find one locally I presume I can buy one online.

    One other thing- the little instruction manual that came with it and that web site suggest when not using the batteries for a while, best to discharge the battery but I do not know how to do that. So, how would I discharge them?

    Thanks again for your help,
    Joe Zorzin

  40. Absolutely getting this camera! Thanks for the great video, Ben! I do have one question though; as a newbie to recording video, I hear you often referring to “over capture”, please could you explain exactly what that is? Thanks again & looking forward to your next video!!

  41. Hi. Now that it’s been about months using this camera, do you still feel the same about it? Is it still the best? I’m stuck between this Insta360 one X Camera and the 360 Fusion GoPro… which one do you like more? -Em

  42. Hi Ben
    I myself have to buy a 360 camera, but I am only going to use it for 360 photos not video for at Virtual Tour. I have heard a lot about the Xiaomi Mi Sphere for the Photo quality. But what would you recommend? I hear a lot about the Insta360 One x now but have read the i does not have as good images. I am i doubt.

  43. Hi Ben nice review I own a Theta S I’m wondering if I can edit 360 videos as the Insta360 does in the app if not do you know other app for theta s?

  44. Hi Ben! My insta360 one x just came this afternoon. I was surprised that it can't be detected thru wifi from my Huawei android cellphone. Previously I had Mi sphere, and I didn't get such problems before. Is there a solution to this? How can I connect my Insta360 1x wirelessly to my cellphone? I already tried the Force Wi-fi mode. By the way, I have purchased your recent e-book about Tiny Planet, and it's awesome!

  45. INSTA360 ONE X is there only one version because there price is so different . and how good is the 360 . I want to do a virtual tour of my town . and how long would that take please help ?

  46. Hey Ben, I'm having some trouble with maintaining video quality when I transfer my footage from my phone (iPhone 8+) to my computer (Macbook Pro). The footage never seems to come out looking 4k. My workflow is as follows:

    1.) Capture footage.
    2.) Connect camera to phone with the usb to lightning cable
    3.) Edit footage using freecapture.
    4.) Export footage to iPhone photo library.
    5.) Airdrop footage from my phone to my computer.

    Is there anything in particular I'm doing wrong?

    Thanks!
    Mike

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